2017: Page 203

Page 203 began early as I hoped to catch a glimpse of the sun coming up over the trees above the waterfall at McCormick’s Creek State Park.  The morning cloud cover kept that from happening, but I did get a nice walk in during the “cool” of the day.  Even before the sun made much of an appearance for the day, the heat and humidity just hung in the air as seen in today’s photo.  While it was a peaceful morning to spend time with God and photograph the falls — no people  in the pictures 🙂 — I was drenched with sweat by the time I got back to the room.  Before packing up to finish my trip to the conference, I sat down and wrote yesterday’s page as well as did some follow up with the printing company to try to figure out what I still needed to change in my book file in order for them to accept it.  Later in the day it got a reply back from them that I think I understand, but it will have to wait until I am home from the conference.

After yesterday’s page was written, I went through my notes for the workshops I’ll teach and then packed up and continued my journey.  While the southwest corner of the state doesn’t have very many covered bridges on any of the lists or maps I’ve found, I did find two that were mostly on the way to where I was headed.  After quick stops at the two bridges to take some photos, I finished my drive to the University of Southern Indiana in time to set up my display.  Once the display was up, I got my gear set up in the dorm room and cleaned up before it was time for dinner and the opening session.  Not only do I have the opportunity to teach while I am here, each person attending the conference will be given one of my 31-day devotional journals, “Living Free”, that corresponds with the conference theme.  Tonight during the opening session, I had the opportunity to introduce that book to the group and encouraged them to pick up their free copy if they hadn’t already done so.

With the conference in a different time zone that home, my internal clock believes it is an hour later than what the conference activity clock says it is.  While that makes my body think it is going to bed rather late, it will be nice when I teach in the morning at 9:30 and my body thinks I had until 10:30 to be ready.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • While the sun may not be visible in the way we would hope, it still comes up each day.
  • Sometimes the “coolness” of the morning isn’t that cool, but it can still be a peaceful time to spend with God.
  • Even in the midst of busy and popular locations, it is possible to find the time and place to be alone with God if you are willing to be flexible about when and where that takes place.
  • Sometimes when people think they are speaking the same language, they really aren’t.  Taking the time to ask questions and to listen will help gain understanding.
  • Sometimes we miss things because we don’t think to look for them.
  • Learning to adapt can help smooth out some of the rough aspects of life.
  • God gives me opportunities I don’t deserve.  Recognizing that helps me to make the most of those opportunities to honor Him.

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